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Tylee's 30 Day food Challenge Completed

Well, the 30-day food challenge is over for Kiah... now if only I could stick to a healthy eating plan for that many days!   :) hahaha, I hope you're laughing with me and not at me.   You can read my first post about Tylee's food Challenge HERE   and then my second post with a coupon code HERE !   A huge thank-you to for sending me a months supply of Tylee's dog food for this review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% my own.   So, here it is after 30 days I have had to slowly transition my dog back to other dog food.  She is pretty mad at me.  She really loved this food.  I loved her eating it as well... I think her coat was softer and shinier, I felt like she ate better, she seemed more energized, and she literally was begging in the morning to be fed.  She has never done the begging like that before... it's like she wanted breakfast right away!   So why am I not buying my own supply if I loved it so mu

Thrifty School of Thought: A Better Education For Less

Image source The moment you become a parent your life becomes saturated with responsibilities that go way beyond anything you had known before, and at the top of that list comes your kid’s education. Whether you like it or agree with it, doesn’t matter, getting your child a good education is the best way of ensuring they have a bright future.   But making sure your child gets the best education possible isn’t always the most simplistic of tasks. Public schools are all too often overcrowded and private schools are, well, seriously expensive. Luckily, there are things you can do to help your child a good, challenging and positive educational experience without bankrupting yourself, and here are the best of the bunch: Image source For Teachers By Teachers We came across this website completely by accident, when we heard some teachers talking about a website called I Love That Teaching Idea , but it has proved to be one of the most incredible resources out there. Why

Book Review and GIVEAWAY- "The Bible Explorers Guide"

The Bible Explorer’s Guide  lets children come up close and personal with everyday life during Bible times through photos, maps, and illustrations illuminating, people, places, objects, and buildings of the Bible. What did Noah’s Ark really look like? Who was David and whom did he fight? How did 1st century citizens of Jerusalem live? Each two-page spread is filled with images that bring history alive and drawings that help bring life to people and places that we can only read about. With fascinating, brief text and full-color captivating images, this is a reference that kids will come back to again and again. A great addition to any home or school library. My Review: Thank you Zondervan for sending me this book for free for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are 100% my own.  Do you have kids who ask a lot of questions when reading in the Bible?   I do!  In fact, I think my son is a very visual learner so this book has become his favo

Money Talks; How To Help Your Kids Listen

The idea of teaching children about how to manage money doesn’t really sound like the most enthralling activity imaginable, does it? In fact, it’s something that you do your very best to ignore yourself! Except for a select section of society for whom economics is a pleasure, most of us know what we have to and ignore everything else. You might also think that your children are a bit too young to be learning about financial management . That’s probably true if they’re under the age of five, but any older, and it’s not a bad idea to start the lessons as soon as possible. Why? Managing personal finance is no longer simple. There’s more products, more choice, more confusing literature and - perhaps unsurprisingly - more consumer debt . So much of this problem is down to poor education about the realities of managing money. Think about it - our kids will learn many things at school, but they might never need them again. How many of us have ever needed to be able to calcul

How Do You Celebrate Independence Day?

One of the days that we all look forward to each year is Independence Day. July 4th is an important date and a memorable one in the hearts and minds of all Americans. Of course, when you have a family in tow, you will want to celebrate the day together. As you can imagine, we all have different ways of celebrating Independence Day. How do you celebrate yours? If you don’t really do much for the occasion, you might be looking for some inspirational ideas on how you can make July 4th a date to remember in each year of your family’s lives together. In today’s blog post, I will share with you some cool ways that you can all celebrate that day together. There are plenty of family-friendly ideas for you to consider, plus they will make sure your children won’t feel bored or cranky on the day. Check them out: Image Obtained From Flickr Have a barbecue While it’s traditional to celebrate Independence Day with some fireworks in the evening, the chances are high that younger c

Best gifts to surprise a Loved one though on a tight budget

Image Credit: Pixabay A perfect gift is the best thing you can give to your loved one to make him/her satisfied. It shows that you are with them and that you love them with all your heart. A good relationship should involve the exchange of gifts so as to keep it going on well without hitches. However, not everyone has a lot of money to buy an expensive gift. There are meaningful gifts that you can take to your spouses and make them feel appreciated yet they are affordable. Most of the gifts that are meaningful to your spouse are not that expensive. Read on the below list of gifts that are not costly but can help surprise your loved one. A Playlist That Is Personalized Since you have interacted with your spouse many times, you know what they listen and what music they love. Therefore, you can burn a CD with the best music and present it to him/her, and they will appreciate the beautiful gift. Make the mixtape a unique one incorporating old school music. For some wonderful

Fast Food Fun

Help your student hone her sorting and categorizing abilities with this French fry-themed activity! This data sorting practice is a great way to  help your child to develop her math skills . Plus, this activity can also easily be modified to help with various academic subjects. Now,  let's start this "fast food" lesson! What You Need: Three French fry containers Yellow popsicle sticks Markers Index cards (3 per round or activity) Scotch Tape What To Do: With your student, write down the names of as many different animals that you can on the yellow Popsicle sticks. Remember to write only one on each stick. On three different index cards, write down three different attributes. For example, “has a tail,” “swims in the ocean,” and “starts with the letter T”. Tape each card to the front of a fry container. Have your student sort through the animals using the different attributes. Each fry that applies goes into one of the fry boxes. Discussion: Which animals fit

Armed with Truth Review and Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY!!!  CLICK BELOW to ENTER! DISCOUNT!!!   Enter " praises" when checking out to save 20%!!!   HOW AWESOME!!   Now you can start covering your kids in God's Word. We choose 10 verse that are short and easier to memorize but are still powerful and essential truths. We used the NIRV ®  translation for this pack, which is targeted for a lower reading level. You may even want this pack for yourself...we won't judge.                                                                  The List: Psalm 136:1   - God's Love Is Forever Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever. Proverbs 3:5  - Trust In The Lord Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. Psalm 56:3  - Don't Be Afraid When I’m afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 119:105  - God's Word Is A Lamp Your word is like a lamp that shows me the way. It is like a light that guides me. John 3:16  - God

**GIVEAWAY** "God Loves Mommy and Me" Book Review

Description:  God Loves Mommy and Me will delight your little ones as you read about the sweet connection mothers and their children share. Snuggle up as you look at adorable illustrations of a mommy bunny and her little bunny sharing the day’s adventures, and read about the loving relationship God gives mommies and their children. Little ones revel in one-on-one time with each parent, and the phrase “Mommy and me” is a favorite with toddlers!  God Loves Mommy and Me is a celebration of strong, loving mothers, cherished little ones, and the God who loves them all. Perfect for storytime, bedtime, or anytime, this sweet board book celebrates God’s gift of family. My Review: Mother's Day is right around the corner and this lovely book is one that would be great to gift an expecting mother to be!!  "God Loves Mommy and Me" is a board book but for all ages! The illustrator catches your attention with a cute mommy and child duo of bunnies.  The pictures are very sw

How to Get Your Beach Body Back After Having Kids

Having children is wonderful. But, it can leave you unhappy with your body and low on confidence. This can become even worse when summer approaches. Your friends who don’t have kids are hitting the gym and getting their summer wardrobe ready. You, however, want to hide away, and are unable to imagine anything worse than stripping off on the beach. Here are some great tips to help make sure worrying about how you look doesn’t ruin your summer. Eat Right You don’t need to go on a huge diet or cut certain food types out to lose weight. The best way to lose weight is by making a few small, sustainable changes. Here are some of the best: Reduce sugar. Sugar is bad for you. You know that. Too much sugar affects your blood sugar levels, brain chemistry and your teeth. It gives you a false energy buzz and then a horrible come down. It can also lead to weight gain. Cut sugar from your hot drinks and avoid fizzy drinks. Don’t add any extra sugar to your foods and swap sugary snacks for